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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Nestled in the heart of rural Essex, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this garden with its eclectic mix of styles from traditional to modern. With lots of space to think and breathe you’ll find something to delight and inspire at every turn. Highlights include the Dry Garden with its fantastic range of drought resistant plants, and the Hilltop Garden with its roses and herbaceous borders. New for 2017 is the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, which showcases fruit and vegetables from around the world.

Grab a quick coffee and cake in the light and airy Clover Café or relax over a wholesome lunch and glass of wine in the cosy thatched Barn Restaurant. In the RHS Shop you will find delicious local food products, books, cards, toiletries, gardening sundries and a fabulous range of kitchen accessories. You can also pick up a great range of plants in the RHS Plant Centre, many of which are bee-friendly too.

Hyde Hall is made for fun and adventure for children with our Higgledy Hyde woodland tower and garden explorer trails. The garden is also an inspirational backdrop for many exhibitions, hosting a number of craft fairs during the year. We also run a range of horticultural, photography and art workshops to fuel your creativity and passion for gardening.

Open daily from 10am (Closed Christmas Day)

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of our project partners: